John Stephen: “not my problem.”--Discussing how his program atDHHS shift costs from federal to local NH taxpayers
Wolfeboro, NH – Friday Night, 1st District Congressional Candidates Jeb Bradley and John Stephen faced off in the first official debate of the race. The event, hosted by Strafford County Republicans in Dover City Hall, was a great opportunity to hear the true differences between the two people asking for the nomination.
One of the key issues of the debate centered around State responsibility to pay a portion of the costs of caring for New Hampshire seniors in nursing homes. County officials who run nursing homes have long maintained that under John Stephen's leadership the Department of Health and Human Services did not pay the full cost of caring for seniors. This underpayment forces property taxpayers to pick up the difference.
When asked by a reporter after the debate about the cost-shifting scheme on to the backs of local property taxpayers, John Stephen said, “not my problem.” (June 21, 2008, Adam Krauss, Foster’s Daily Democrat, GOP hopefuls duke it out in first debate for the 1st District House seat)
“Actually John, it is your problem, or should be. Take responsibility for your actions. That is the sign of a true leader,” Bradley said.
For more on Jeb Bradley, go to www.jebforcongress.com.